Lynne Thigpen (December 22, 1948 - March 12, 2003) was an American actress.
She was born Cherlynne Theresa Thigpen in Joliet, Illinois, and obtained a degree in teaching. She taught high school English briefly in Joliet, while studying theatre and dance at the University of Illinois, then, in 1971, moved to New York City where she began a prolific theater career, appearing initially in musicals such as Godspell, The Night that Made America Famous, The Magic Show, Working, and Tintypes. Her first film was Godspell in 1973.
While her later work emphasized acting over singing, her intriguing dusky voice made its way to over 20 socially relevant books on tape.
Thigpen may be best known for her role in the childrenâ€™s geography TV show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. In the series, she played the role of "The Chief" of the ACME Detective Agency, a role that involved both education and comedy, and, on occasion, musical performance. Frequently seen on television dramas, her last film role was Anger Management, released April 11, 2003.